“Don’t stop looking for something to do, because life is just beginning, post military.”
Dianne was first in the military for three years as a field medic in the mid-70s. She joined the Air Force as a clerk, and then remained with the CAF for over 20 years.
Governor General Julie Payette presented North Saskatchewan Division Governor Joan Steckman with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, this morning.
For the past 30 years, Joan has made significant contributions to improve the lives of her fellow Canadians. She has spent many years working with the Girl Guides of Canada, and the Riverside Kiwanis Club. In addition to those organizations, Joan makes a point to consistently support youth, veterans, and organizations that encourage community engagement.
When he found himself seeking inspiration to get his life on track, Devon Riley turned to the Canadian Armed Forces. He signed up to be a reservist, and is experiencing “the best of both worlds.” He enjoys the flexibility of having a full-time job as a commissionaire, and still do his part as a soldier.
When we spoke to Devon, he told us about the significance of the Commissionaires culture including the focus on training, and what he refers to as "the best part of this job…[being] appreciated for everything you do and [being] well-respected."
In a March 23 ceremony at CFB Kingston, James Ostler of our Kingston & Region Division, received a Chief of Defence Commendation.
James was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Task Force deployed on a Peacekeeping Mission to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, from 2015 to 2016. This was a period of heightened tensions and a rapidly deteriorating security situation.
Angela Jacklin balanced family life and a military career throughout her 32 years of dedicated service to the CAF. Although she was never posted in theatre, she spent two years at sea, and was an instructor at various points in her career, teaching QL3 and QL6 finance courses, among others.
March 26 is Epilepsy Awareness Day—otherwise known as “Purple Day.” People across the country sport the colour purple to inspire conversations about epilepsy. This made us wonder how many people really know what to do if they witness an epileptic episode?
During her 17 years of service, Susan Godden participated in two UN peacekeeping missions as a signaller. Although extremely proud of her deployments in Croatia and Haiti, her experience in Haiti has particular meaning for Susan because she shared that experience with her father, who was on deployment as a liaison officer. Her father also swore her in to the regular force.
Susan is now a Security Clearance Administrator with our Ottawa Division.
Thank you for your service, Susan. And have a happy International Women's Day.
Today is the last day of Black History Month. It originated in America in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” and was first recognized in Canada in 1950. It is now recognized across North America and the United Kingdom.
Matthew Berard from our Southern Alberta Division spoke with Commissionaires Contract Supervisor Greg Amey about Black History Month. Greg is a dedicated father, pastor, commissionaire, and American who has made Canada his new home. He shared his insight on the importance of recognizing and celebrating Black heritage, in both countries.
We have the privilege of working with individuals committed to their community, the safety and security of those around them, and the federation as a whole. Among them, many demonstrate exemplary commitment to their post. However, it’s not often someone has the opportunity to demonstrate exemplary commitment in their post for 20 years.